Zen Internet vs Virgin Media Broadband

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Performance Score
Average Download 48.42 Mbps
Average Upload 14.17 Mbps
Average Latency 14ms (smaller is better)
 
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Performance Score
Average Download 79.49 Mbps
Average Upload 17.54 Mbps
Average Latency 16ms (smaller is better)
 
 Zen Internet LogoVirgin Media Logo
Service TypesVDSLCable
Average Speed Test Result48.42 Mbps79.49 Mbps
Tests above 50 Mbps49%61%
Speed Range Rank45th best speed range15th best speed range
Speed Test Rank7th fastest2nd fastest

Zen Internet vs Virgin Media: Speed Comparison

Zen Internet Broadband is the eighth most tested broadband provider in the UK, while Virgin Media is the UK's most tested ISP with 8,874,346 tests performed this year, compared to Zen Internet's 548,539 speed tests. While looking at the fastest speeds seen from each broadband provider often doesn't tell the full story — Virgin Media is second with 5,284.34 Mbps, Zen Internet third with 1,196.6 Mbps — looking at download speed ranges alongside the percentage of speed tests higher than 50 Mbps will give a clearer picture. In this case, Virgin Media has a better broadband speed range than Zen Internet, ranking 15th nationally, compared to Zen Internet coming in at 45th place. 49% of Zen Internet's internet speed test results were higher than 50 Mbps, compared to 61% of Virgin Media's.

Zen Internet vs Virgin Media: Performance Ranges Overview

We class broadband speed distributions as follows: very slow under 10 Mbps; slow 10-30 Mbps; adequate 30-60 Mbps; good 60-80 Mbps; fast 80-300 Mbps; very fast over 300 Mbps.


Looking at broadband performance, 42% of Zen Internet's internet speed tests were slow or very slow. This is worse than Virgin Media, who had only 31% of their broadband speed tests classied "slow" or worse. For the average user needing only adquate or "good" internet service, 22% of Virgin Media's download speeds fell between 30 and 80 Mbps. This is 2.1 times lower than the 46% of Zen Internet's speed test results in the same range. At the speedier end of the scale, only 12% of Zen Internet's broadband speed test results were faster than 80 Mbps, compared to 47% of Virgin Media's.

Zen Internet Broadband Performance Ranges

Virgin Media Broadband Performance Ranges

Zen Internet vs Virgin Media: Performance by Location

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Zen Internet vs Virgin Media: Consumer Review Comparison

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4.28

29 Reviews
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2.66

444 Reviews
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Last updated: 25 Jul 2021